Baxter did "perfect" today in Rally Novice B - his first show. Well, not perfect, but he only missed 1 point for "interfering with handler" (I'll take his close heeling any day compared to Emilu's 2 feet off, 2 feet behind heeling). HOWEVER - mom screwed up a sign and got 10 points off for incorrectly performed so we ended up with an 89 and 4th place out of 9 dogs. But I am SO happy with him - he never lost his attention on me and did everything with a soft voice command, or automatically because he knew what he was supposed to do. The judge also made several remarks on how nice looking he was - a little different from being told at almost every show Emilu and I went to that she was fat. A puzzling , upsetting thing happened after the show though. The was the ring was set up, there were 3 lines of crates or chairs very close to the entrance of the ring and the dogs had to got through/past them to get to the start. When we were next, and had to walk past them, an English Springer Spaniel leaped at Baxter, and growled and snapped at him. I hustled him past and had him do a few things with treats and he really seemed OK -did great in the ring right after that. When we went back to get our ribbons, I walked him towards the back. Then we were going back to get our pics with the judge and he absolutely refused to go past the area , put on the brakes, reared and bucked like a horse and would have slipped his collar if I had forced him. there was another opening to the ring and we went through there, no problem, so it wasn't the ring itself. Then we went back and I tried to get him to go again. I finally ended up basically grabbing his collar and the rough of his neck and literally dragged him forward inch by inch to get him to a chair about 1/3 the way through - sat and had him do some things for treats, dragged another third of the way, then fianlly got to the end and sat there a little while, then we went back out - he really hurried through to get back out. I know some might think I shouldn't have dragged/made him go through it, but whether he was scared - which I think he was, because he can get freaked out by some things fairly easily, or was being obstinate (which he has a history of also) I knew that he needed to trust me and get past that area, or our show career might be ended before it really began. Hopefully he won't carry this over to another show. We show next weekend, so we'll see.
Congratulations! Sounds like Baxter is doing really well.
Congratulations to you both!
Karen and the gang
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Nice job. Congrats.
Great job, Team Baxter! Pat, I have to say, I probably would have done the same thing you did. Sometimes you just don't have the time to go the "kinder, gentler" route.
Congrats of both of you!
Laura & CJ in New Hampshire